U.S. Builder Confidence Rises in December
U.S. builder confidence for new single-family homes in December rose 5 points from October to 76 points on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The HMI component gauging current sales conditions grew 7 points to 84, while the measurement of sales expectations in the next six months rose 1 point from November to 79. The component measuring prospective buyer traffic was up 4 points in December to 58.
Derived from a monthly NAHB survey, the HMI gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months. Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good rather than poor. See NAHB